Karl Latham and Friends at Historic Blairstown Theater


Karl Latham

Karl Latham
Friday November 11, 2011

Showtime: 8:00pm / doors: 7:30
Tickets: $15 / $10 w/Student ID (sold at door only)
Support: Different Perspective

“Karl Latham is an inventive powerhouse whose influences are many but whose ideas are his own.” – Jeff Tamarkin Allmusic.com

Karl Latham is a NY-based and internationally recognized drummer. He is known for his exceptional ability to dig into a variety of musical styles, playing straight-ahead jazz, avant-garde, funk, rock, Latin, and more.

John Lee, bassist and director of the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, says, “Karl’s greatest strength is in his versatility. In this respect, he is something of a phenomenon, having mastered every style of music he has attempted to play.”

As a freelance performer, Karl has performed with a wide spectrum of notable artists such as Mark Egan; The Fantasy Band (Dave Valentine; Dave Samuels; Chuck Loeb); The Shirelles; Claudio Roditi; Clark Terry; Don Braden; the John Lee Quartet; Andy Snitzer; The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars; Slide Hampton; Edgar Winter; Johnny Winter; and Michal Urbaniak.

Karl is a veteran of the European Jazz scene since 1993 performing in many of Wolfgang Lackerschmid’s groups along with John Lee, Cameron Brown, Belden Bullock, Georg Wadenius, Ed Cherry, Michal Urbaniak, Attila Zoller, Randy Brecker and numerous other musicians.

Renowned bassist Kermit Driscoll and Karl joined with Freiburg, Germany based composer/pianist, Johannes Mossinger in 2001. Karl currently tours regularly with Johannes Mossinger and has appeared on dozens of tours, as well as, 7 recordings with the group along with guest artists Joel Frahm, Joe Lovano, Bob Malach, Boris Kozlov, Seamus Blake and Don Braden. The most recent release is the 2010 Waterpipe Records release “Rules/No Rules” with Calvin Jones and Kermit Driscoll.

Karl performs in the NY area with Unit One with Mark Egan and John Hart; and with Big Fun(K!), along with Don Braden, Nick Rolfe and Gary Foote.

Karl has released two solo CD’s to date, “Dancing Spirits” (1999) and “Resonance” 2007 (#4 Top Added CMJ Jazz).

Karl received a B.S.S. from Ohio University and studied music performance at Rutgers University, Ohio University and Berklee College of Music. Karl is an Adjunct Professor at Passaic County Community College and County College of Morris. Karl teaches privately as well both in NJ and abroad.

Karl is a proud endorsee for Yamaha Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Future Sonics and Factory Metal Percussion